Panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and the Great Salt Lake are reasons enough to consider Salt Lake City a romantic getaway. This pristine city offers visitors spectacular views of rugged snowcapped scenery year-round – many times from the window, balcony, or rooftop of a favorite restaurant. Salt Lake City offers a slew of restaurants that rival any city’s culinary cuisine. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bambara Salt Lake City
© Bambara Salt Lake City
Adjacent to the Hotel Monaco and housed in what was once the Continental Bank lobby, Bambara Salt Lake City, is vibrant and elegant. The interior design features contemporary components such as a private dining room with bright chandeliers, wood flooring and soft recessed lighting. With an exhibition kitchen, original travertine marble, and grand arched windows, it’s an ideal location for a romantic evening. The restaurant sources ingredients from local ranches and farmers to create delicious New American dishes. Menu items include selection like seared loin of elk, Maine Scallops, and Riesling-Braised Lamb Shank – acorn squash steak, mushroom and spinach couscous, tobacco onion rings, aioli, and fried mint.
202 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-363-5454
Pago, located in the 1910 built Woodman Building in downtown Salt Lake City, is both intimate and urban. This restaurant features fewer than a dozen tables on the inside, but its charm is seen in exposed brick walls, pendant lights, and artfully crafted tables and chairs. With exposed ceilings and HVAC, beautifully hand-painted artwork, and an open kitchen, it’s an ideal setting for an intimate evening. With an ever-changing menu, this farm-to-table restaurant sources eleven local providers for the freshest ingredients. Entrées include items like Utah’s Red Trout and Bavette Steak – duck fat confit potatoes, sunchoke creamed kale, and roasted mushrooms.
878 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-532-0777
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© Garden Café
Located inside the Five Diamond Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the Garden Café offers panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains. This restaurant sets the tone for elegance with an interior featuring floor to ceiling arched windows, light colored walls with colorful art, and wall to wall carpeting. The restaurant also features recessed lighting, exquisitely detailed crown molding, and a centerpiece chandelier. The executive chef at this buffet style restaurant prepares cuisine using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Entrées include items like citrus-brushed sea bass, harissa-glazed Salmon, and pepper-crusted rib eye steak with boulangere potatoes, tomato chutney, and bordelaise sauce.
555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-258-6708
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4.VENETO Ristorante Italiano
© VENETO Ristorante Italiano
Experience the taste of Northern Italy in Salt Lake City, where VENETO Ristorante Italiano is its trendiest new restaurant. Veneto’s embodies a warm and delightful atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and subtle recessed and sconce lighting. With intricately carved furnishings, billowy curtains for privacy, and white linen tablecloths this dining experience leaves minds, spirits, and bodies at ease. Honoring classic seasonal cuisine from the Veneto region of Italy, the culinary team sources produce locally for their seasonal changing menu. Entrées include items like Bigoli con Ragu di Anatra, spaghetti Caprese, Gnocchi Sbatui di Malga, and Bistecca Piemontese Frollata.
370 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-359-0708
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© Caffe Molise
Housed in the Historic Eagle Building in downtown Salt Lake City, Caffe Molise is inspired by Italy’s Molise region. This restaurant sits in a majestic brick building with interior designs that feature exposed wood beams, banquette seating along one wall, dark woods, and large paned windows. Crisp white linen tablecloths, and pendant lighting provide the perfect setting for a special dinner. Caffe Molise offers fine Italian cuisine utilizing only the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Selections include Pasta dishes like Scampi alla Diavola, Penne di Caprino and Piatti meals like Pollo Marsala, Pesce del Giorno, and Polpette di Melanzane.
404 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-364-8833
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6.Christopher's Prime Tavern & Grill
© Christopher's Prime Tavern & Grill
A staple of the dining scene in the Salt Lake Valley, Christopher’s Prime Tavern & Grill has been a neighborhood favorite since 1995. This regal restaurant features a soaring ceiling, recessed lights, and crisp white tablecloths. With lovely upholstered booths, large pane windows, and dark wooded walls and furniture, Christopher’s is a great place for a date night. Creating dishes for this New American restaurant, the chef’s source locally for the freshest ingredients and have seafood delivered daily from around the world. Entrées include selections like 12-ounce USDA Prime Sirloin, Kurobuta pork chops, and filet mignon steak, and lobster.
110 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-890-6616
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© Cucina Toscana
An Italian favorite in Salt Lake City for almost two decades, Cucina Toscana is a staple in this area. Set in an old brick building, the interior has been updated to a contemporary style with exposed ceilings and HVAC, concrete floors, and floor to ceiling windows. This restaurant also features multiple dining room options, brightly colored walls, and a banquette seating. Cucina Toscana is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner. Serving authentic Italian cuisine, dishes are created using only the best ingredients. Menu items include options like Costato Di Manzo, a 14-ounce New York steak with a Chianti demi-glace.
307 West Pierpont Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-328-3463
A little restaurant serving small plates of eclectic cuisine, Eva brings big smiles to all who dine here. This restaurant’s interior exudes homestyle comfort with hardwood flooring, picnic tables and benches to dine on, and decorative plates adorning the walls. Other features include a banquette that lines an entire wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soft suspended lighting. Serving an array of eclectic food, the executive chef at this restaurant use locally sourced ingredients to create dishes. This includes selections like grilled spring lamb T-Bone, tamarind-glazed chicken lollipops, and sautéed clams with local chorizo, cilantro butter, grilled baguette, and manchego butter.
317 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-359-8447
9.Harbor Seafood & Steak Co
© Harbor Seafood & Steak Co
Since opening its doors in 2014 in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City, Harbor Seafood & Steak Co has become a staple of fine dining. The interior design features wood floors, exposed wood beams, and beautifully designed chandeliers. The restaurant also features a banquette that lines an entire wall, large pane windows, and upholstered booths. The executive chefs at Harbor Seafood & Steak Co serve classic dishes utilizing locally sourced ingredients and only the freshest seafood. Entrées include items like wild Hawaiian mahi-mahi, Maine scallops, and Wagyu rib eye with green beans & toasted hazelnuts & roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
2302 East Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-466-9827
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© HSL Restaurant
HSL, “Handle Salt Lake” (another Handle in Park City) is the newest kid on the block in the downtown culinary scene. The interior décor is luxurious with marble-topped tables, dramatic light fixtures, and plush upholstery. This restaurant also features exposed ceilings, a banquette lining one wall, and cozy round booths – ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two. The chef at HSL Restaurant chooses seasonal and locally sourced ingredients for tantalizing and innovative dishes. The menu offers items like pork shank, pappardelle pasta, and Niman beef short ribs with molasses, maple jus, sunchoke and celery root, and purple Romanesco cauliflower.
418 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-539-9999
11.Kimi's Chop & Oyster House
© Kimi's Chop & Oyster House
Located in downtown Sugar House, Kimi’s Chop & Oyster House has brought fine dining back to Salt Lake City. This restaurant has been expertly renovated boasting two romantic dining rooms, wood flooring, and crisp white linen tablecloths. With design elements like crown molding, fluorescent chandeliers, and an LED fireplace, this contemporary restaurant ia an ideal setting for a special dinner celebration. The culinary team chooses local artisan ingredients to prepare exquisite cuisine at Kimi’s. Entrées include items like a 6-ounce filet mignon, Pacific salmon, and roasted Ballard pork with roasted pear and apple chutney, mustard coulis, whipped potatoes, broccolini, and baby carrots.
2155 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-946-2079
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In what was once Salt Lake’s first creamery in the early 1900s, Pallet is now the newest contemporary restaurant in the downtown area. This uniquely restored building features a wood ceiling, exposed HVAC, and brick walls for an industrial chic ambience. This restaurant also features a banquette along a wall, and suspended light fixtures. The dining room tables, and the frame around the mirror over the bar is 100 years old and reclaimed from the original building. Serving New American and French cuisine, dishes are prepared fresh local produce. Entrées include items like Proscuitto Di San Danille, Lamb, and Elk.
237 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-935-4431
13.Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
© Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
For 20 years, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops has been located inside the Hilton Salt Lake City. The interior design features hard-wood flooring, suspended light fixtures, and eloquently upholstered booths. The restaurant also features exquisite dark wood furniture, ornate crown molding, and private dining areas for special occasions, an ideal setting for a date night. The executive chef creates delicious cuisine by sourcing local farms for the freshest produce. This restaurant serves an eclectic menu of farm-to-table meals such as 12-ounce New York strip, 8-ounce Wagyu filet, and lobster paella with scallops, calamari, Halibut arbol pepper sofrito, tomato, and parmesan.
255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-238-4748
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14.Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
© Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
In a beautifully redesigned building, Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar is located in the heart of Salt Lake City. This contemporary two-story restaurant has great aesthetics in its interior design with a soaring ceiling covered with warm wood, banquettes and upholstered booths, and large windows that let in natural light. The restaurant also features exposed wood beams and romantic, subtle pendant lights. The executive chef at this restaurant prepares cuisine using local ingredients and fresh seafood. Menu items include options like Gnocchi Alla Ricotta, Duck Breast and Snake River Farms American Wagyu.
454 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-746-4441
© Stoneground Kitchen
Opening in the year 2000, Stoneground Kitchen has been consistent in serving in house-made meals. The vibe to this restaurant is urban with decorative stone columns, wood flooring, and exposed wood ceiling beams. It also features ornate hanging lamps, large glass windows, and a romantic fireplace in the middle. The executive chef utilizes local artisan ingredients and only the freshest in-season ingredients. With Pasta items like Cacio e Pepe, Black Tagliatelli to Land & Sea items like salmon, Bavette – sunchokes, butter poached crudités vegetables, crepe fraiche, and porcini raspberry demi and Lamb – milk braised chop, crispy belly, radicchio, pistachios, manchego crisp, and strawberry tomato sugo.
249 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-364-1368
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© Table X
In a building originally constructed in 1929, Table X has proven to be one of downtown Salt Lake City’s premiere restaurants. The interior design features a wood-barreled ceiling, wood flooring, and a contemporary bar. The restaurant also features exposed ceilings, a banquette along one wall, and also high leather booths for privacy. It’s ideal for a romantic dinner. Table X grows as much of their own produce onsite as possible, and sources the rest locally when it is needed. This restaurant offers a five-course chef’s tasting menu with entrées such as vegetable steak and Pacific rockfish – spring peas, brown rice, fermented green garlic and chili pepper.
1457 East 3350 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 385-528-3712
17.The Garden Restaurant
© The Garden Restaurant
The Garden Restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City, is located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on its 10th floor. This restaurant’s interior regal elegance is immediately evident in its stain glass ceiling, Greek style columns, and views of the Salt Lake Temple. The outside dining area is equally elegant with white furniture, an Atrium style roof, and a trickling water fountain – an ideal setting for a romantic evening. The executive chef prepares meals using local artisan ingredients and only the freshest seafood. Entrées (served with seasonal vegetables) include selections like chicken, steak, and Salmon with a maple glaze and jasmine rice.
15 East South Temple 10th Floor, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-539-3170
18.The Roof Restaurant
© The Roof Restaurant
Downtown Salt Lake City in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, diners will discover one of Utah’s premiere eateries – The Roof Restaurant. This regal restaurant is on the 10th floor of the building featuring crisp white table linens, a gorgeous contemporary piano, and spectacular views of the Salt Lake Temple. It’s an ideal setting for a romantic evening. With a menu that changes monthly due to seasonal weather, this restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients when possible. The Roof Restaurant is a Buffet, with an array of selections like Prime Rib, Salmon a la Veracruz, (seasonal) orange-glazed Turkey breast, and Grilled Pork Chops with jalapeño-apple gastrique.
15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-539-1911
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19.Tin Angel Cafe
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Since 2007, the Historic Park area of Downtown Salt Lake City, has been the location of Tin Angel Café. The restaurant is situated in a renovated Pioneer-era home that has been has kept its old charm, with exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and wood beams. The interior also features brightly colored walls, intricate crown molding, and various paintings, and sculptures and figures of Angels. The executive chef creates cuisine using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. This café has an eclectic menu, with polenta, pork, and shrimp tapas, to entrées like braised short ribs, chicken Masala, and Three Sisters rainbow trout.
365 West 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-328-4155
20.Tucci's Cucina Italiana
For over two decades, Tucci’s Cucina Italiana has been a staple of exquisite Italian cuisine in Salt Lake City. It’s the epitome of dining in Old Italy with stone steps leading to a rustic brick building, brick bar with a wood surface, and wood floors. This restaurant also features exposed ceilings, string lights, and crisp white linen tablecloths that give guests an upscale, yet relaxed dinner experience. The chef chooses locally sourced ingredients when preparing these Italian dishes. Serving an ever-changing, eclectic menu with items like salmone bruschetta, Nona’s Pork Chops, and Piccata Di Vitello.
515 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-533-9111
© Valter's Osteria
Valter’s Osteria in Salt Lake City, is a vibrant and bustling restaurant that keeps diners coming back. Although spacious, this restaurant with barrel vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, and large pane glass windows allows guest to feel right at home. The restaurant also features hardwood floors, crisp white tablecloths, and fresh flowers – ideal setting for a romantic dinner. Serving authentic Italian cuisine, dishes are prepared using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Menu items include options like Scaloppini Di Maiale Alla Chiantigiana, Salsicce E Mare, and Scoglio Di Mare con Gamberoni – Angel Hair served with scallops, shrimps, clams, and mussels in seafood demi-glace.
173 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, Phone: 801-521-4563
21 Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City
- Bambara Salt Lake City, Photo: Bambara Salt Lake City
- Pago, Photo: Pago
- Garden Cafe, Photo: Garden Café
- VENETO Ristorante Italiano, Photo: VENETO Ristorante Italiano
- Caffe Molise, Photo: Caffe Molise
- Christopher's Prime Tavern & Grill, Photo: Christopher's Prime Tavern & Grill
- Cucina Toscana, Photo: Cucina Toscana
- Eva, Photo: Eva
- Harbor Seafood & Steak Co, Photo: Harbor Seafood & Steak Co
- HSL Restaurant, Photo: HSL Restaurant
- Kimi's Chop & Oyster House, Photo: Kimi's Chop & Oyster House
- Pallet, Photo: Maksim Toome/stock.adobe.com
- Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, Photo: Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
- Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, Photo: Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
- Stoneground Kitchen, Photo: Stoneground Kitchen
- Table X, Photo: Table X
- The Garden Restaurant, Photo: The Garden Restaurant
- The Roof Restaurant, Photo: The Roof Restaurant
- Tin Angel Cafe, Photo: Syda Productions/stock.adobe.com
- Tucci's Cucina Italiana, Photo: Maksud/stock.adobe.com
- Valter's Osteria, Photo: Valter's Osteria
- Cover Photo: Vita/stock.adobe.com
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